Downtown Hendersonville offers the graceful ambiance of sidewalk shops, restaurants, and galleries sitting side-by-side, doors flung open in good weather.
Art MoB Studios and Marketplace showcases the work of some 85 North Carolina artists, provides space for five working studios and offers a gallery of fetching artistry. (124 4th Ave. E. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Mon – Sat; 1 – 4:30 pm, Sun.)
Art on 4th, an eclectic gallery and lively teaching studio, with classes that include slab pottery making and art using local beeswax. Call for class dates (828-393-5755), or drop by 125 4th Ave. West, open Tues – Sat.
Nature-inspired Woodlands Gallery, 419 Main St, features home-like vignettes arranged to show highly original work – pottery, landscapes, furniture and other hand-crafted pieces (open seven days a week, 11 am – 5 pm, 828-230-9080).
Down the street at 423 Main St, A Walk in the Woods honestly feels like a walk in the woods, and there are carved pieces, jewelry, Woodlands Gallery woven goods, walking sticks and heirlooms to aid in your journey (open 10 am – 5 pm, daily, 828-577-6277).
Carolina Mountain Artists Guild (444 Main St, 828-696-0707), representing the diverse talents of 30 juried local artists, has managed to gather carved birds, baskets, brooms, scarves, stained glass, quilts and warm hospitality under the same roof. Open 11 am – 5 pm, each day.
The Oriole Mill at 701 Oriole Drive, just off North Main Street in the Historic District, is a Jacquard weaving company housed in a restored 1940’s building. Oriole creates elegant fabrics from natural yarns and offers items for sale, impeccably sewn by hand. Tours of the mill are offered most Fridays at 1pm. (Advanced registration at TheOrioleMill.com.) Shop hours: 10 am – 6 pm, Tues through Sat (828-693-5500).
Apple Country Woodcrafters is located roughly five miles from The Oriole Mill in a warehouse park at 55 PEM Drive (Building C). In this most unpretentious of places members of a non-profit build toys for disadvantaged children. Visit applecountrywoodcrafters.org for shop hours. Guests must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. (828-707-0598)
Not to Miss
- Bearfootin’ Art Walk along Main St., May – October. Pick up map at the Visitor Center.
- Henderson County Curb Market. 221 N. Church St. Open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm (closed on Tuesday January – March). (828-692-8012)
- Henderson County Heritage Museum. 1 Historic Courthouse Sq # 4. Open Wed – Sun. (828-694-1619)